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SANGDRAGON – Requiem for Apocalypse

SANGDRAGON - Requiem for Apocalypse

I remember it was early 2000′s when I was searching to discover new unknown bands in a local underground metal store. I happened to fall upon a band I’ve never heard of and I was attracted by its beautiful artwork with two occult dragon-like symbols in a red background. After a preview listening, I decided to buy it at once, enchanted by the occult atmosphere of its raw underground symphonic black metal. It was Akhenaton’s album “Divine Symphonies“, Read more…

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BJARM – Imminence

BJARM - Imminence

Bjarm is a new Russian symphonic black / death metal band from Severodvinsk in Arkhangelsk region. They were formed in 2009 and next year they released the demo “Defect” and gave their first live shows. After several line-up changes Bjarn started working on their first album and in the end of 2012 they entered the studio to record it. They finally managed to sign a deal with the Russian label Fono Ltd and on February 18th 2014 their Read more…

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ASA-NOIR – Fall of the Idols

ASA-NOIR - Fall of the Idols

Finnish symphonic epic dark metallers Asa-Noir from the town of Hämeenlinna have recently released their debut album “Fall of the Idols“. The band was originally formed 10 years ago, in 2004, inspired by Norwegian black metal. As more members joined them, new musical influences were added and slowly Asa-Noir’s sound changed, evolving into something more personal. The band self-released its first work, the 5-track EP “Reforming Heathen Origins” in 2011, and in the end of 2013 Read more…

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OBSIDIAN GATE – Whom the Fire Obeys

OBSIDIAN GATE - Whom the Fire Obeys

German symphonic black metallers Obsidian Gate return 12 years (!) after their last work. The band was formed in 1994 under the name The Gate and released its first demo “The Prime Uncreation” in 1998. In 1999 they changed their name into Obsidian Gate and as a trio (Marco, Markus and Daniela) they released 2 masterpieces of symphonic black metal, “The Nightspectral Voyage” in 1999 and “Colossal Christhunt” in 2001. Both albums were released Read more…

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VESPERIA – An Olden Tale

VESPERIA - An Olden Tale

Celtic symphonic death metallers Vesperia from Toronto Canada have recently released their debut album. The band was formed back in 2005 under the name Dark Abyss and changed it to Bolero in 2007. Their first demo was out in 2009 and their debut full-length album “Voyage from Finland” was released in 2011. Two of their founding members, Morgan Rider (vocals, bass) and Casey Elliott (guitars, backing vocals) decided to continue this band with a new name and two Read more…

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ADVENT SORROW – Before the Dimming Light (EP)

ADVENT SORROW - Before the Dimming Light

Coming from the other edge of the globe, Advent Sorrow is a symphonic black death metal band that will most probably amaze you! This six-piece group was formed in Perth of Western Australia in 2010 and last year they self-released their debut work, the impressive EP “Before the Dimming Light“. In the end of 2012 they also released the split internet single ”Ravens and Blood” with the Serbian epic black metal band Númenor.

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DEVILISH IMPRESSIONS – Simulacra

DEVILISH IMPRESSIONS - Simulacra

Devilish Impressions is a Polish black/death metal band being active since 2000. They self-released their debut album “Plurima Mortis Imago” in 2005 and three years later they released “Diabolicanos – Act III: Armageddon” via Conquer Records. The band got great feedback, especially from the local press, but I haven’t listened to these albums, except for a few excerpts. After a 4 year absence and several line-up changes, the band signed with the new label Icaros and Read more…

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